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Is rehab more effective than AA?
Asked: 2018-11-12 21:32:18
My son is on drugs, and we want to get him help. My Husband and I are trying to determine if we should put up the money for rehab, or send him to AA. Does anyone know if rehab is more effective for getting off of drugs than going to programs like AA?
Answered: 2018-11-14 19:32:33
Hi Sarah. I agree with Walter. Detox and rehab treat addiction through intense individual and group therapy sessions that aim to revert the chemical malfunction in brains back to normal functioning like it was before the addiction. AA helps to maintain sobriety after treatment, which keeps the brain healthy. I think of AA as sobriety maintenance not sobriety treatment. Good luck with your son. With a supportive parent like you he's more likely to have success in treatment and recovery!
Answered: 2018-11-13 14:36:03
Depending on the drugs, rehab may be your best choice. In my personal experience, rehab is best at getting a person to stop doing drugs and a 12-step program like AA or NA is good at keeping a person from starting again. It's not that one is more effective than the other, it's that they both serve slightly different goals. Rehab and a 12-step program together will be far more effective than either option would be on its own.
Ryan Fields LISAC (Guest User)
Answered: 2019-01-31 17:52:38